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Spike Milligan

British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor

1918   -   2002

country of citizenship: Ireland, statelessness
occupation: screenwriter, writer, comedian, journalist, stage actor, film actor, poet
award received: Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Terence Alan Milligan (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a British-Irish comedian, writer, poet, playwright and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English mother, Milligan was born in India where he spent his childhood, before returning to live and work the majority of his life in the United Kingdom. Disliking his first name, he began to call himself "Spike" after hearing a band on Radio Luxembourg called Spike Jones and his City Slickers.Milligan was the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of the groundbreaking and influential British radio programme The Goon Show, performing a range of roles including the popular Eccles and Minnie Bannister characters. He was the earliest-born, longest-lived and last surviving member of the Goons. Milligan parlayed success with the Goon Show into television with Q5, a surreal sketch show credited as a major influence on the members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Milligan wrote and edited many books, including Puckoon (1963) and a seven-volume autobiographical account of his time serving during the Second World War, beginning with Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1971). He is also noted as a popular writer of comical verse, with much of his poetry written for children, including Silly Verse for Kids (1959). When the Commonwealth Immigrants Act removed Indian-born Milligan's automatic right to British citizenship in 1962, he became an Irish citizen, exercising a right conferred through his Irish-born father.
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works

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"Rommel?" "Gunner Who?"

autobiographical novel by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1974

Puckoon

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1963

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

first volume of Spike Milligan's war memoirs

author: Spike Milligan

1971

Goodbye Soldier

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1986

According to Spike Milligan

series of literary pastiche novels

author: Spike Milligan

Monty: His Part in My Victory

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1976

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1978

A Book of Milliganimals

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan
illustrator: Spike Milligan

1968

The Bed-Sitting Room

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan, John Antrobus

1973

The Looney: An Irish Fantasy

book by Spike Milligan

author: Spike Milligan

1987

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